Compliance Guideline

§ 1 Basic Information

The following compliance guideline applies to the Forum AGVS, the interest group of the AGV industry, represented by Forum-FTS GmbH.

  • The members have given themselves a common set of rules
    (Forum-FTS_Regelwerk_V4_Oct-2018)¹.
  • The data protection regulations in the current version apply. Data processing shall be carried out in accordance with the principles of lawfulness of processing, transparency, adequacy, minimisation of data, accuracy, integrity and confidentiality.

These three documents are intended to provide orientation for the Forum AGV members and the staff of the Forum AGV team and security for all customers.

Aims of the Forum AGV:

  1. Creating understanding of the possible applications of AGVS in intralogistics, hospital logistics and public areas.
  2. Joint influence on technical rules (patents, standards, guidelines).
  3. Documentation of agvs-relevant past and present, forecasts (member surveys, statistics, publications).
  4. Guarantees high quality of the services of our members (quality seal).
  5. Competent and neutral project support in all phases of a project (planning and consulting).

The Forum AGV sees itself as a competence centre for our world of Automated Guided Vehicles Systems (AGVS). It consists of a strong community of interests of companies (Forum AGV members) and it provides neutral and competent information, advice and planning by experienced experts (Forum AGV team).

Our common goal are successful AGV projects. We place this goal under the control of all Forum AGV members, the Forum AGV team and the AGV users, i.e. our customers. Competence and honesty/authenticity are the supporting pillars of the trade with the aim of optimum AGV deployment in internal company operations. This applies both to the Forum AGV team and to each individual member company.

The work of the Forum AGV team is manufacturer-neutral and takes into account the possibilities of the entire AGV sector. When the Forum AGV  team has to evaluate offers or services of AGV manufacturers, it always does so on the basis of objective technical criteria taken from underlying documents (e.g. specifications) and/or the state of the art. Our expertise, i.e. our knowledge, experience and efficiency, is what makes the Forum AGV unique!
All team members are selected and recognised personalities of the AGV industry in Europe.

All planning and consulting services provided by the Forum AGV team are subject to absolute confidentiality towards all Forum AGV member companies. All Forum AGV member companies act as competitors in the markets.

The following compliance guideline applies to the Forum AGVS, the interest group of the AGV industry, represented by Forum-FTS GmbH.

  • The members have given themselves a common set of rules
    (Forum-FTS_Regelwerk_V4_Oct-2018)¹.
  • The data protection regulations in the current version apply. Data processing shall be carried out in accordance with the principles of lawfulness of processing, transparency, adequacy, minimisation of data, accuracy, integrity and confidentiality.

These three documents are intended to provide orientation for the Forum AGV members and the staff of the Forum AGV team and security for all customers.

Aims of the Forum AGV:

  1. Creating understanding of the possible applications of AGVs in intralogistics, hospital logistics and public areas.
  2. Joint influence on technical rules (patents, standards, guidelines).
  3. Documentation of FTS-relevant past and present, forecasts (member surveys, statistics, publications).
  4. Guarantees high quality of the services of our members (quality seal).
  5. Competent and neutral project support in all phases of a project (planning and consulting).

The Forum AGV sees itself as a competence centre for our world of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs). It consists of a strong community of interests of companies (FF members) and it provides neutral and competent information, advice and planning by experienced experts (FF team).

Our common goal are successful AGV projects. We place this goal under the control of all FF members, the FF Team and the AGV users, i.e. our customers. Competence and honesty/authenticity are the supporting pillars of the trade with the aim of optimum AGV deployment in internal company operations. This applies both to the FF team and to each individual member company.

The work of the FF Team is manufacturer-neutral and takes into account the possibilities of the entire AGV sector. When the FF Team has to evaluate offers or services of AGV manufacturers, it always does so on the basis of objective technical criteria taken from underlying documents (e.g. specifications) and/or the state of the art. Our expertise, i.e. our knowledge, experience and efficiency, is what makes the Forum AGV unique!
All team members are selected and recognised personalities of the AGV industry in Europe.

All planning and consulting services provided by the FF team are subject to absolute confidentiality towards all FF member companies. All FF member companies act as competitors in the markets.

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§ 2 Legal and statutory provisions

The Forum AGV is committed to complying with the applicable statutory and legal regulations. Its actions are guided by the values of integrity and fairness and the principle of transparency.

The Forum AGV is particularly committed to consistent compliance with national and European antitrust law and works exclusively in accordance with these regulations. Furthermore, it undertakes to actively counteract any conduct in breach of antitrust law within the framework of or in connection with its statutory activities.

All team members must ensure compliance with the applicable legal and statutory provisions, the rules and regulations, the data protection regulations and the self-image and work towards compliance throughout the Forum AGV. In particular, they are obliged to refrain from such actions that could lead to criminal liability or administrative offences due to fraud, embezzlement, insolvency offences, violations of regulations for the protection of competition, granting of advantages or bribery.

All Forum AGV stakeholders are of the opinion that business should be conducted in an atmosphere of free competition, i.e. on the basis of price and quality. We are committed to the rule of law and an economic order based on competition. This includes the consistent use of the existing scope for action as well as compliance with the requirements of cartel law for our association work.

The Forum AGV is committed to complying with the applicable statutory and legal regulations. Its actions are guided by the values of integrity and fairness and the principle of transparency.

The Forum AGV is particularly committed to consistent compliance with national and European antitrust law and works exclusively in accordance with these regulations. Furthermore, it undertakes to actively counteract any conduct in breach of antitrust law within the framework of or in connection with its statutory activities.

All team members must ensure compliance with the applicable legal and statutory provisions, the rules and regulations, the data protection regulations and the self-image and work towards compliance throughout the Forum AGV. In particular, they are obliged to refrain from such actions that could lead to criminal liability or administrative offences due to fraud, embezzlement, insolvency offences, violations of regulations for the protection of competition, granting of advantages or bribery.

All Forum AGV stakeholders are of the opinion that business should be conducted in an atmosphere of free competition, i.e. on the basis of price and quality. We are committed to the rule of law and an economic order based on competition. This includes the consistent use of the existing scope for action as well as compliance with the requirements of cartel law for our association work.

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§ 3 Cartel Law

As a matter of principle, companies are not allowed to exchange information in the context of planning, consultations, publications and general meetings on topics that violate antitrust law and so-called secret competition and which involve internal company information or data. This includes:

  • selling prices, rates, (intended) price adjustments, recommended prices, discounts, profit margins and other price-related issues concerning goods or services of member companies;
  • market shareing/allocation, e.g. by allocating certain regions, certain customers or certain customer groups to certain members;
  • Terms of delivery and payment from contracts with third parties,
  • restrictions on production or sales;
  • Preliminary talks about participation in tenders of potential customers;
  • Inclusion of the bidding costs of competitors in the own bid;
  • Information on corporate strategies and future market behaviour,
  • exchange of market information between individual members, i.e. information on production, turnover, sales, profits, market shares, investments, spin-offs, R&D expenditure and other information which, insofar as it relates to specific (categories of) goods or services, is considered commercially sensitive information
  • Publication of the average price or range of prices within the sector;
  • Exclusive rights for individual members to represent manufacturers or importers
  • Boycott of certain suppliers or customers;
  • Any other issue that may lead to a restrictive agreement on market conduct;
  • Preliminary discussions among competitors regarding participation in tenders (both public and private);
  • Agreements for all competitors to award their bids (to "cover" the costs of participation for those companies that do not participate in the tender).

Furthermore, agreements to coordinate offers to third parties, to divide markets or sources of supply in terms of territory and personnel, as well as explicit or tacit agreement on boycotts and supply or purchase blocks against certain companies are inadmissible.

As a matter of principle, companies are not allowed to exchange information in the context of planning, consultations, publications and general meetings on topics that violate antitrust law and so-called secret competition and which involve internal company information or data. This includes:

  • selling prices, rates, (intended) price adjustments, recommended prices, discounts, profit margins and other price-related issues concerning goods or services of member companies;
  • market shareing/allocation, e.g. by allocating certain regions, certain customers or certain customer groups to certain members
  • Terms of delivery and payment from contracts with third parties,
  • restrictions on production or sales;
  • Preliminary talks about participation in tenders of potential customers;
  • Inclusion of the bidding costs of competitors in the own bid;
  • Information on corporate strategies and future market behaviour,
  • exchange of market information between individual members, i.e. information on production, turnover, sales, profits, market shares, investments, spin-offs, R&D expenditure and other information which, insofar as it relates to specific (categories of) goods or services, is considered commercially sensitive information;
  • Publication of the average price or range of prices within the sector;
  • Exclusive rights for individual members to represent manufacturers or importers
  • Boycott of certain suppliers or customers;
  • Any other issue that may lead to a restrictive agreement on market conduct;
  • Preliminary discussions among competitors regarding participation in tenders (both public and private);
  • Agreements for all competitors to award their bids (to "cover" the costs of participation for those companies that do not participate in the tender).

Furthermore, agreements to coordinate offers to third parties, to divide markets or sources of supply in terms of territory and personnel, as well as explicit or tacit agreement on boycotts and supply or purchase blocks against certain companies are inadmissible.

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§ 4 Closing Appointments

Any conduct by Forum AGV actors that constitutes an antitrust violation, corrupt behaviour, the unwanted acceptance of gifts in the business environment or any other serious breach of this commitment or that supports such a breach will result in consequences under labour law.

The Forum AGV ensures that its work results, position papers and press releases do not contain any wording that intentionally or unintentionally indicates collusion, uniform behaviour or corresponding recommendations by the Forum AGV or its member companies. The work of the Forum AGV (consulting, planning, publications, presentations, appearance at trade fairs and exhibitions) is always manufacturer-neutral and does not favour Forum AGV member companies.

Any conduct by Forum AGV actors that constitutes an antitrust violation, corrupt behaviour, the unwanted acceptance of gifts in the business environment or any other serious breach of this commitment or that supports such a breach will result in consequences under labour law.

The Forum AGV ensures that its work results, position papers and press releases do not contain any wording that intentionally or unintentionally indicates collusion, uniform behaviour or corresponding recommendations by the Forum AGV or its member companies. The work of the Forum AGV (consulting, planning, publications, presentations, appearance at trade fairs and exhibitions) is always manufacturer-neutral and does not favour Forum AGV member companies.

This Compliance Guideline was adopted by the Managing Director, all team members and all member companies or their representatives in the Forum AGV and will enter into force on 1 January 2020.

Voerde, 30 November 2019

Forum-FTS GmbH (Forum AGV)

Dr.-Ing. Günter Ullrich Managing Director